An Android-based gaming console called Ouya has raised over US$1.25 million in the first day of its Kickstarter campaign, topping its goal of US$950K, right off the bat.
The Ouya console.
"The console market is pushing developers away," the Ouya team wrote on its Kickstarter page. "We've seen a brain drain: some of the best, most creative game-makers are focused on mobile and social games, because those platforms are more developer-friendly. And the ones who remain focused on console games can't be as creative as they'd like."
To that end, the team has designed the Ouya console: part Android gaming platform to be hooked up to HD TVs, in a bid to return console gaming to its roots, part dev kit to put gaming development in the hands of the masses.
For developers, there is one condition: all Ouya titles must have at least some gameplay available for free.
The US$30 controller.
"Ouya could change AAA game development, too," says the page. "Forget about licensing fees, retail fees and publishing fees."
Best of all, the console itself is only US$99 (plus US$30 for a controller).
"We are trying to leverage all that is great — free to play, openness, touch screen, bringing what is familiar to TV — and we want to wrap it up in this great bow — affordability and game-ability, for gamers and developers alike," Ouya founder and CEO Julie Urhman told CNET.
The Ouya's specifications are:
Tegra3 quad-core processor
8GB of internal flash storage
HDMI connection, with support for up to 1080p HD
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth LE 4.0
USB 2.0 (one)
Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button) and a touchpad
If you want to nab one of these consoles, head over to the Kickstarter page — they're going fast.